head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.
Recent Examples on the Web Cervids don’t usually dump much energy into their headgear until more vital physiological boxes have been checked; the structures are hypersensitive to a deer’s diet, stress levels, infection status, and more. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 As a new CIF City Section football season nears, marked officially by players tugging on their headgear, programs are still grappling with turnout in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, wearing his Batetela headgear on July 3, 1960. Helena Skinner, NBC News, 20 June 2022 The trainer handed his young fighter a protective cup, a mouthpiece and headgear. Roman Stubbs, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2022 The Stetson is the state of Texas’s official headgear. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Equipped with helmet-like headgear and the most complex head-neck joints ever seen in a mammal, the giraffoid was perfectly suited for competitive headbutting in the quest for courtship. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 June 2022 Mayweather and Paul will not be required to wear headgear, but both will have 12 oz. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 These are good to mix in with the unicorn or cat headbands, so kids can have their pick of headgear with flair. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headgear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgear. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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